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ohquotescom · 7 days ago
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One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
W. Somerset Maugham - https://goo.gl/G1H814
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heresay · 8 days ago
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A great part of our lives is occupied in reverie, and the more imaginative we are the more varied and vivid this will be. How many of us could face having our reveries automatically registered and set before us? We should be overcome with shame. We should cry that we could not really be as mean, as wicked, as petty, as selfish, as obscene, as snobbish, as vain, as sentimental, as that.
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
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tis-a-fandom-den · 8 days ago
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"Who am I that I should seek to unravel the mysterious intricacies of sex?"
that's a big asexual mood right here
source: 'The Moon and Sixpence' by W. Somerset Maugham
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quotemadness · 9 days ago
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There’s always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
W. Somerset Maugham
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junkbonds · 11 days ago
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𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑:
There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?
That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
— 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙰𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚂𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚊 (𝚊𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚆. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚝 𝙼𝚊𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚊𝚖)
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ohquotescom · 15 days ago
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Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
W. Somerset Maugham - https://goo.gl/UFW1P7
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heartofdevastation · 20 days ago
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If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
W. Somerset Maugham
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"I have an idea that some men are born out of their due places." ~W. Somerset Maugham [1675 x 1250] [OC]
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baronmaymystery · 21 days ago
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Celeb Graphology (Alleged Spies and Criminals)
My goal is neither to judge these people, nor to promote their actions (nor am I saying these people are morally equivalent)... also, some are wrongly accused of being criminals, and some are wrongly portrayed as spies in sensationalistic “biographies”.
But still, a look at the writing of these people should help determine their motivations and mindsets (and in some cases, whether or not they “did it”):
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Whether Mata Hari (stay away from her Wikipedia page if you’re at work- or a minor- by the way... unencyclopedically NSFW) was a spy or a scapegoat is still disputed.
The problems of Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod (her real name) were much the same as the difficulties of Jane Fonda six decades later. MacLeod’s life was going all right until her father went bankrupt in 1889, then then her mother died in 1891, then her father remarried and the family fell apart.
From this comes her tendency toward depression (downward slant), but she, unlike Fonda, appears to have identified more with her father, as the writing of most Edwardian men was more flowery than this. This is direct, efficient and businesslike... she may well have disapproved of her stepmother (again, widowed parents must be very careful to consider how new relationships affect their kids).
There are “clubbing” strokes that show a temper (predictable for such a hard life), and indications that she liked to be dominant, but it’s definitely not “sneaky” writing... this is the writing of someone who, if she had something against you, would tell you to your face... someone bluntly honest.
She was smart and organized enough to be a spy, but probably not subtle enough, so I’m leaning toward the “scapegoat” theory. 
She did, however, seem quite proud of her “Mata Hari” persona, since she efficiently underlines “Mata” and draws a complementary line over “Hari”.
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Unlike Mata Hari,  author William Somerset Maugham was a known (and later, avowed) espionage agent during World War I, specifically for the British, and Maugham shows the “sneaky” characteristics I would expect: The serpentine “S” and the “false” m that looks like a “w” (such can be found in my writing sometimes).
Maugham was an orphan at age 10, then was raised by an uncle he disliked. Maugham honored the memory of his mother highly, but on a subconscious level, felt “abandoned”, since a young child does not fully understand such things, hence the left-facing lower zone triangle, which indicates resentment of the mother.
Interestingly, he makes the “W” look more like “lo”, while making the last letter, an “m”, look like a “w”. This is some inversion of time... some eccentric “backward” thinking in otherwise standard cursive... but then again, the ability to pretend to work for ones enemy, convincingly acting as the opposite (”backward”) of what one really is, would be a very useful skill for a spy.
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Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone was unquestionably chronically depressed (like Mata Hari), as shown by the downward slant of every single word.
He had a very strong right slant (also in my writing), showing a great need to express himself, and his id’s primary focus, as well as a core part of his identity, was being deceptive, as shown by the serpentine lower zones in his name, plus the “curl of concealment” in the “C” in Capone.
His older brother, James Vincenzo Capone, was a policeman, so Capone was not born into the Mafia, but it’s likely that trickery for its own sake gave him a feeling of power that counteracted his chronic depression, hence his preference for an unlawful profession over a lawful one.
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Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris hosted a game show in the 1970′s, then wrote a book depicting himself as a CIA assassin, contending that it might or might not be true.
So either he was a wily hoaxer who put one over on everyone, or he was really in the CIA.
Whether he was a harmless prankster or someone with, in his own words, “a dangerous mind” is likely revealed in his signature, and I’m inclined to think the story is (at least partly) true. This is by far the “sneakiest” writing I’ve analyzed (far, far more so than a known prankster like Ashton Kutcher, for instance), so convoluted, so indirect, with so many letters intelligently formed yet misrepresented as other letters or shapes, that I am prepared to say there is at least some truth to the CIA stories.
Perhaps most convincing of all, however, is something non-graphological: He was too smart to be stuck as a cheesy game show host, especially when he had married the niece of William S. Paley, who ran CBS, but also is known to have worked with the CIA in the 1950′s. 
The idea that Barris, whose writing shows a very crafty intelligence (and yes, dangerous tendencies) would be stuck on a fourth-rate game show on CBS’s rival, NBC, stretches credulity more than some form of employment with the CIA does, though someone this tricky may well have exaggerated it for book sales.
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0rdinarythoughts · 24 days ago
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if 50 million people say something foolish it is still foolish
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macrolit · 25 days ago
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Literary history that happened on 26 May
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Hipocresía
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La hipocresía, ese concepto con tantas aristas. La hipocresía es la cualidad de quien esconde sus intenciones y verdadera personalidad. Ese ser es un hipócrita. Se muestra de dos modos: la simulación -es decir, mostrar algo distinto de lo que se es, y por otro lado el disimulo, que implica ocultar lo que no se quiere mostrar. Fingir y ocultar.
↥Descripción capítulo–24 de Enero de 2020
Mencionado:
Spiderman
"Como el Rosario de la Aurora"
Calçots
Eva al desnudo
Gabriel Rufián entrevista a Arcadi Espada
Rajoy/Vox/Juan Soto Ivars
Sally Rooney.
Burke No encontré la cita "Solo la belleza nos dará consuelo, no la verdad"
Theatre W. Somerset Maugham / Being Julia István Szabó (Annette Bening)
La edad de la inocencia - Edith Wharton
La edad de la inocencia (1993) - Martin Scorsese
Helen Fisher
OT Canta Disney
La solterona - Edith Wharton
Regreso a Reims - Didier Eribon
Pablo Iglesias Espinoza de los Monteros//Alberto Garzón
Ferran Adria
Isabel San Sebastián
Rocío Quillahuaman
Histeriquear
Cambiame Telecinco
Canciones:
Hipocresía – Los Pasteles Verdes
Different Drum – Stone Poneys
Che cosa c'è– Gino Paoli
Danos el dinero– Diploide
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amiable-carelessness · a month ago
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So I'm just finished reading "the magician" by Somerset Maugham and...sorry not sorry but it's just a typical example of abuse and domestic violence
I don't make the rules
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eurigmorgan · a month ago
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She plunged into a sea of platitudes, and with the powerful breast stroke of a channel swimmer made her confident way towards the white cliffs of the obvious.
- W. Somerset Maugham -
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dk-thrive · a month ago
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Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle
The world is hard and cruel. We are here none knows why, and we go none knows whither. We must be very humble. We must see the beauty of quietness. We must go through life so inconspicuously that Fate does not notice us. And let us seek the love of simple, ignorant people. Their ignorance is better than all our knowledge. Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them. That is the wisdom of life. 
— W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence. (William Heinemann 1919. Originally published 1919) (Via The Vale of Soul-Making)
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macrolit · a month ago
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Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) English novelist and playwright
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macrolit · a month ago
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The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham This is 1 of 12 vintage paperback classics that comprise our current giveaway.
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macrolit · a month ago
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I have not been afraid of excess: excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) English novelist and playwright
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heartofdevastation · a month ago
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I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
W. Somerset Maugham
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dryeyestodeathbook · 2 months ago
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To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” ― W. Somerset Maugham https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_Maugham
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